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The burning of Woodstock House


“Supported by the Department of Tourism,  Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.”

Author and Historian Eoin Swithin Walsh in this podcast details the history of Woodstock House, Inistioge, County Kilkenny and its dramatic destruction in 1922.

'Many people will know the grounds of Woodstock Estate as a place to walk or go for a picnic. The shell of the former ‘Woodstock House’ still looms large as a monument to the revolutionary era. The house was destroyed during the very first week of the Irish Civil War, in July 1922 by the anti-Treaty IRA in order to stop the Free State forces regarrisoning it. We often concentrate on its grim demise, but Woodstock House had a long life, of over 170 years. It has many stories to tell, some of which are told in this podcast. From its construction by the Fownes family (designed by Francis Bindon); to its golden era during the period of the Tighe matriarch, Lady Louisa; to its occupation by the Auxiliaries during the War of Independence. Its fascinating history is told in this podcast.' 

 Woodstock-House-Inistioge-Kilkenny---A-history.mp3 (size 25.2 MB)

Woodstock House - views

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The Tighes; Lady Louisa and Lady Viola and her children

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Auxilaries at Woodstock

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Woodstock House today